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So this is happening.
Rumoured release date of December 16. Ahhhhhhh shit.
according to Pitchfork
So hyped. Really bad signal so no way to watch the trailer but \o/
"He is about to take a radical 180 turn with this record. It's going to throw people off the same way that Prince's Dirty Mind threw his R&B fanbase off. In the past few years, he's discovered Bowie and Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Pet Sounds, Captain Beefheart and Zappa."
is a classic. I had no idea he'd been so baron release wise. Might get to do a review of the Brum gig.
On first listen... I love it! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
could've become an axl rose/dr. dre style situation where nothing ever surfaces or if it does it's phenomenally disappointing. but sounds like he's still firmly at the reins
Not many guys can go away, get fat, take a load of heroin and come back on top of their game.
Then again, he's one of the most prodigious musical talents of a generation, and still only 40. It's not unthinkable that he still has something great up his sleeve.
Going to be awesome. D'Angelo ffs
my chemical romance gig, and then a d'angelo diss
"Black Messiah is a hell of a name for an album. It can easily be misunderstood. Many will think it’s about religion. Some will jump to the conclusion that I’m calling myself a Black Messiah. For me, the title is about all of us. It’s about the world. It’s about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah.
It’s about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and in every place where a community has had enough and decides to make change happen. It’s not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them. Not every song on this album is politically charged (though many are), but calling this album Black Messiah creates a landscape where these songs can live to the fullest. Black Messiah is not one man. It’s a feeling that, collectively, we are all that leader.”
01 Ain't That Easy
02 1000 Deaths
03 The Charade
04 Sugah Daddy
05 Really Love
06 Back in the Future (Part I)
07 Till It's Done (Tutu)
09 Betray My Heart
10 The Door
11 Back in the Future (Part II)
12 Another Life
Been talking about very little else all day
Not sure if that's midnight in a particular time zone, or midnight wherever you are. Guess we'll find out in about 10 minutes......
aoty by about 35-40 carrots.
Who'd've thunk it? Just days ago I was wondering if we had a truly special album the whole year.
Really Love is on another level, something beyond perfect.
Some very high praise, guess I should start at the beginning and listen through to the new one?
This one is probably the best entry point if you lean towards rock. If you're more into funk and hip hop go for Voodoo, if you're more into soul and R&B start with Brown Sugar.
All 3 are brilliant.
yeah I'm a rock bore.
Quite enjoyed the new one, guess I'll go for Voodoo next given that I've been listening to quite a bit of P-Funk and Stax records stuff over the last month or so.
Sounds funky. The Charade is awesome.
I feel bad for everyone scrambling to rewrite their Year End lists.
Actually, I take that back. I don't feel bad. This album deserves it.
Have pretty much tried to ignore this altogether because Voodoo is pretty much my favourite album and I didn't think there would ever be another one like it - partly because something like the Soulquarians couldn't happen in the current musical climate, partly because of all his personal issues, but mainly because nobody produces a good album fourteen years after their last one.
That this is not only ridiculously great, but can actually take its place with his other albums is flat out incredible. So made up. Just a bit gutted I turned in my albums of the year already
So many little layers and textures, going to be so much exploring to do with it.
Makes all 'respectable' comebacks in recent years look completely rubs in comparison.
but after one listen it seems pretty faultless
But this is pretty much perfect, isn't it?
Favourites after the first two listens are Really Love, Betray My Heart and The Door (the whistling is so damn catchy). The whole thing just works though.
Mostly just chuffed that there are another 12 D'Angelo songs out there and they compare with all the others. Great morning.
...but it's really good on the whole. Some really big standout moments and some other bits I want to dig into more. It's gotta be up there with my favorite R&B/soul albums of the year... I've only heard two/three? others... Fatima and Cooly G, FKA Twigs if that counts...
first negative comment? about as much as i can muster, rest is pretty much flawless to me tho
That's the closest thing to a criticism I can find so far
Vic Reeves' club singer is THE sound of 2014
Genuinely the sort of album Prince would be making if he was at his mid eighties peak now. Can't praise it much higher than that.
Absolutely fucked over my AOTY list I'm working on myself, but sod it. What a complete triumph this thing is. (Words: http://endlesswindow.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/first-thoughts-dangelo-and-vanguard.html)
You just bump everyone else down one notch.
wasn't that familiar with him before so haven't been all BEST ALBUM EVER after listening to 3-4 tracks, but sounds really well structured and FUN.
didn't think much to 'really love' though, sounded a bit like a JT track without a chorus. '1000 deaths' and 'back to the future' stood out.
it's nearly sold out anyway
It's a lot of money
but at the same time there's pretty much no way it wouldn't be absolutely brilliant, is there?
From that distance, surrounded by chatters etc
Hopefully there's some better spares going nearer the time
feels a little rushed and short for the magnitude of the release though
the annual let's pretend a hip-hop LP's the best of the year thread. let's hope it's better than Kendrick Lamaar's record, or MBDTF.
still, better than people pretending to like Swans, or Aphex Twin, i guess.
It's not a hip-hop record, people don't 'pretend' to like things, and I'm not even going to engage with the faint hint of racism in suggesting that a hip-hop album (or not, in this case) would be an undeserving AOTY
the only racism here is in your assuming. honestly, what a cunty thing to say. my point was that there's one massively-hyped hip-hop record every year which people on here fap themselves daft over. This year it's D'Angelo, last year it was Yeezus, the year before that Kendrick Lamar, before that Sir Lucius Left Foot/MBDTF.
None of those records have been worthy of their hype, or even the best albums in their genre the year they were released. if you want to argue over the semantics of genre descriptions, that's fine, boring but fine...but it's majorly weak to start throwing ists and isms around because someone dismisses some albums from a genre you like. i accept your apology, though, it's fine.
To be honest, I don't even like the album that much, I find it almost as boring than your casual dismissal of it - I just think it's ridiculous to assume that everyone anointing it their AOTY is somehow kidding themselves/others about how much they enjoy it.
The genre distinction isn't a big deal, just thought it was interesting how you went out of your way to classify it as a hip-hop record so that it would fit in with your argument.
obviously it doesn't get near Sharon van Etten, Wild Beasts or Sun Kil Moon in the record of the year stakes, but it's better than i thought it would be.
Go and bet £1000 on Liverpool today or something
This isn't even genre semantics. Try listening to something before making a tit of yourself.
In fact, Billboard do just that. As, quite regularly, do the Guardian.
all the dialogue around this album sounds like a parody of the 'classic rock dad' archetype. people in this thread coming *this* close to "finally, some REAL music". really weird.
unless you're talking about the reference to prince and how no-one makes a good second album 14 years after the first.
This album is really great though.
ooOOOOOOwww WWWWoooWWWW YYEAAAaaaaAAA
But I really enjoyed the DiS review of this, nicely done whoever that was
Was nice that they took a little bit longer to write it. Almost every review has the same quotes (the one about his abdomen, the only got outlined in chalk line) that I think were in the press release or something, but the DiS one avoided that. The P4K one seemed pretty rushed, given the level of research they generally put into their big reviews.
Still absolutely head-over-heels for the album, personally. Can safely say it's one of my favourites of the decade.
£60 including fees, right at the limit of what I'd ever be willing to pay for a show. Really hope it's worth it now, sure it will be.
and that was without this album to play, presumably
So glad I did, I've become pretty much obsessed with Voodoo over the last few years. Still don't really feel like I've scratched the surface of Black Messiah either.
I think Ian Pennman nailed it. but then maybe I think I'm just not in a good place.
got it on now, sounds best through speakers. 'The Charade' is the obvious standout, for me.
I like listening to it whilst looking at the front cover, hard to explain why. helps take me to a time/place for the music beyond the dour working class winter, I guess.
Googling The Wire D'Angelo isn't particularly useful...
What was the angle/what did it add to the discussion?
Yes, SNL continues to have the worst sound imaginble, but D'Angelo still put on great performances of Really Love and The Charade. I've put the second one below, because this is truly something else:
Performance of Untitled from this weekend:
Any support or stage times or anything?
Fucking brilliant eh? One of my all-time favourite gigs for just the pure musicianship on display, some unbelievably talented people up on that stage. There were a couple of occasions where I wished they'd slow down a little bit (Brown Sugar being one of them) but I guess it's very difficult to replicate that use of negative space (urgh).
Other than that it was incredible though, crowd was properly up for it as well for the most part.
It sounds INSANELY GOOD.
Also, can't believe I haven't really posted about it here yet, but I was at the London show too and cannot agree with Ant more. Genuinely one of the best nights of my life. It was jaw-droppingly good, go and see him if you can.
Well, well, well worth it if you didn't get to any of the UK dates in February
but don't think I'll make this :(
Got excited by a couple of festivals announced last week that D'Angelo and Kendrick are both playing (one in Liege, one in Poland) but they've obvs gone and booked them for different days making it a bit of a ballache.
Can imagine D being hype at a festival, sun shining, brewski in hand.
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaah. Super hyped.
It's a double header with Mary J Blige and I just realised I don't know any songs of hers beyond a couple of single and a shit load of hooks she did in the 90s.
but the lineups were mostly awful and incredibly expensive so couldn't justify the trip. I went there last September and the place is absolutely insanely beautiful though.
But I live in Geneva at the moment, so it's (relatively) affordable for me. Going to go back at the weekend and go to some of the free events and check out the town more.
that's going to be so good. It was a shock quite how special he was earlier this year. Didn't realise how skilled a bandleader he is as well as being THE frontman. Fuck.
'Well I'm just grateful this is happening' when the record and then subsequently some shows got announced and I figured that so much time had passed that it could never be as good as what has come before it.
WRONG on both counts. AOTY and one of the best shows I've ever seen. He's still a genius.
I was really tempted to visit my friend in Liège for this (the city is nothing special, but whatever).
it's about half an hour ride, 6 euros for a ticket and it's a beautiful little town :)
and i've heard good things about maastricht, will bear that in mind
He's got another Apollo date soon as well, so damn expensive though
I spent a small fortune on that gig, and I'm still dead chuffed.
I've literally never seen a room of people so collectively horny. I know he shies away from the whole sex icon thing now, and I wasn't even sure he'd play that, so it made me grin like hell to see him tease that song and every woman (person?) in the room go completely, visibly, weak at the knees. Like just reminding you, if he wants to be that guy, he can flick a switch and the magic is back. Then he broke into a soulful version of Que Sera after the band had been stripped away to just his piano, visibly in tears as everyone got their breath back from being practically fucked. About as captivating a performance as I've seen by anyone of anything.
was like watching James Brown in his absolute prime. Electric.
But you're bringing back exactly how special that show was. I thought JB too. One Mo' Gin was insane.
Thank fuck we got to see him eh? Truly life-affirming stuff.